Path Two To Raising Consciousness – Karma Yoga
Path two to raising consciousness is the path of selfless, God-devoted and God-dedicated action, the path of dedicating the fruits of one’s work to God. Within Hindu tradition, this path is called karma yoga. Dedicating the fruits of our work to God is based on a deep inner-knowing that the union with the Absolute Truth (or God) is superior to any sort of worldly actions; that actions and the fruits of actions can only serve as ladders to the union with the Absolute Truth, but cannot be ends in themselves. By dedicating the fruits of our work to God and by working always with right motivation, right means, and toward right ends – to the best of our knowledge and ability at any given moment – we can gradually achieve non-attachment and consequent union with the Absolute Truth.
This path is best suited to people with energetic, dynamic personalities who cannot imagine themselves outside of their chosen occupation, duty or service. Such individuals can be religious or secular, learned or uneducated, but what unites them all is sincere dedication to their work.
Although countless people through the millennia have been engaged in earnest and dedicated work, only a few have been able to reach union with God by following the path of action. This is not surprising, considering that this path is full of dangers and pitfalls to which many fall prey. Most of these pitfalls stem from the challenge that in order to lead to union with God, the path of dedicated action needs to be a route to non-attachment, which only a few of us are capable of following. Let’s explore what non-attachment means in regards to our actions and what pitfalls are awaiting us on this path.